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The Professional (1981)
"Le professionnel" (original title)

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French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Josselin Beaumont dit 'Joss'
Jean Desailly ...
Le ministre
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Alice Ancelin (as Cyrielle Claire)
Marie-Christine Descouard ...
Doris Frederiksen
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Jeanne Baumont
Jean-Louis Richard ...
Le colonel Martin
Michel Beaune ...
Le capitaine Valeras
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
L'inspecteur Farges (as Bernard Donnadieu)
Pierre Saintons ...
Le président N'Jala
Gérard Darrieu ...
L'instructeur Picard
Sidiki Bakaba ...
Le prisonnier évadé
Baaron
Robert Hossein ...
Le commissaire Rosen
Dany Kogan ...
Sergent Gruber
Marc Lamole ...
Le serveur d'hôtel
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French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him in to the African authorities, and he is sentenced to a long-term imprisonment. After the daring escape he returns to France and deliberately informs his former chiefs of his presence promising them to kill Njala who has just arrived to the country with the official visit. Written by Yuri German <blsidt1@imf.org>

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As usual at the time, Jean-Paul Belmondo is performing his own stunts including those of the car chase on The Trocadero Plaza. See more »

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When the clochards reach the car with the policemen inside, one of the chlochards destroys a bottle on the roof of the car, so the roof gets wet and there are lots of glass splinters on it. In various shots after, the roof is completely clean again. See more »

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The rare charisma of Jean-Paul Belmondo
19 December 2003 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

This has to be, without a doubt, one of Jean-Paul Belmondo's finest hours on screen.

I can only guess that "Le Professionnel" is the kind of movie that helped inspire future action-directors like Luc Besson, the way it mixes raw violence with quirky charm and last but not least: some memorable, often cartoonish characters: Robert Hossein is creepy as hell as police captain Rosen, and Belmondo ignites the screen with charm and charisma, so much that the scene with the helicopter will just tear your heart out.

This French little gem has thrills, action and even a few laughs, it includes such showstoppers as a car-chase in front of the Eiffel Tower (!) and even a wild west style duel in broad daylight on the streets of Paris. To top it all of the soundtrack includes one of Ennio Morricone's most famous movie themes!

In short: highly recommended for fans of European action movies.


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